Sora no Woto Ideal vs Actuality



From the spectacular art of Kishida Mel to the moe blobs of K-ON!, observers can’t help but notice something of a gap between ideal and actuality in the case of Sora no Woto…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:13 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amazing how the term "moe blob" has taken off lately. New genre name in the making?

    09:08 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unfortunately, just like the terms "hentai" and "lolicon", the term "moe" has faced quite a lot of changes in term of misinterpreted meaning through out the ages.

    1st: The essence of cuteness in anime & manga
    2nd: A genre/theme of anime/manga about cute girls
    3rd: Any anime with cute (big eyed) girls in it
    4th: Any anime that have a similar art style as K-on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:04 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    07:53 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You have to keep in mind, the original art is a high quality promo. The anime can't hold up to these standards. It's the same reason why Serah Farron's promo pictures are superior to actual gameplay.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I liked K-On's style in K-On.

    Not in a different show with beautiful concept design beforehand.

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    Comment by motaku96
    09:23 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, I guess I'll check it out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:05 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The first image is more moe in my opinion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:07 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    another anime K-Onized

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:53 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Influence I could see, but that's... a clone of K-on.
    Just as Evangelion made all the mecha shows into emo angst with biomechs in the late 90s, K-on is turning anything with humans into K-On... wow, and it's not even KyoAni.

    Atsuko Nakajima would have slam-dunked it... she knows good character design.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:42 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It looks too suspiciously like K ON! but people are overreacting a little, the original style from novels and manga rarely translates perfectly into anime and in this case its not like if it was that great to begin with.

    It definitely loses points for originality though. The lack of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:39 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What the shit the original arte is too way better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is being made by A-1 Pictures. They did Kannagi before K-ON! So they're just using their own style.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't Bad at All

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:38 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    too much K-ON will make you sick sir :gg:

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    Comment by Thage
    06:10 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bad animator art is bad. That`s all.

    06:13 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I do feel sorry for the original artist, I mean s/he's the same one who did those awesome Roronoa's character designs but... wow, so many complains. I guess anime is really all about character designs,eh? Now why didn't I see this same amount on the new Kyou No Go No Ni series.. I wouldn't mind it though as long as I can see a simple but nice quality of animation just like Kannagi.

    Oh well, continue embracing Megane Mugi-chan....

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    Comment by Chris
    20:05 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I ended up dropping Kyou no Go no Ni TV due to the shit-tier animation quality...

    Such a disappointment. I'd only seen the OVAs a couple months before the TV version came out, so it just made the quality drop that much worse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:48 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    quite seriously though..since they is the last time you see manga or game art- translate neatly into anime..most of time there is some changes in art, some major some not so major...should just get used to it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:20 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess people forgot completely that technically this style could be attributed to Kannagi first. Though I have to say, at least there were not direct character design ripoffs from Kannagi to K-On...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:39 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It really is stretching it just a bit to say K-on is having such an influence on the recent drawing trends that are seen in shows lately. What I've noticed is that this particular style was already apparent before K-on was even animated, like in episode three of Clannad after story you'll notice a style that is extremely similar especially the facial expressions. Its not such a big deal that A-1 Pictures would use similar character model types that are seen in Kyoani's shows since character designers aren't exclusive to just a single studio, its not just a "Kyoani style" either its just "a style". A-1 also used character models in Kannagi that were similar to some of Kyoani's shows as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:18 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    True story.

    Still, her expression is spot on for Mugi.

    Ultimatly though, we are dealing with an art style. Anime has had it's share of artistic trends throughout the years.

    The Crux is: Will the genre continue to be a medium for innovation and artistry, or will it deteriorate with ever weakening clones and parodies?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:38 09/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Little Busters BETTER not have this art style.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:32 09/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'd prefer the original design...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:13 09/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wait wait wait guys... hold yer horses! why does everyone complain about the character design already? we have yet to know what this sora no woto is going to be about. from limited reviews out there, i found out that this anime is likely to be about music too. if so, then the art style is going to fit well, no?

    i mean, sora no woto surely won't be anything like Gundam or GitS or Code Geass or Death Note or anything out there where moeblob style absolutely won't fit in.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 24/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    moeblob shit only fits with the shit in your heart Anon.

    I'm going to read the manga and boycott the anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:00 24/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well... apparently there is no manga. Well that makes it worse.

    *sigh* the Anime seems good despite the blobified art. I'll watch this lovely poisoned flick.

    I've become disgusted with moe-blob Otaku.

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    Comment by Bulldog
    12:37 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    hope they have some quality plot...

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    Comment by OTIKA
    12:01 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am disappointed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:48 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    moeblob tripe

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:29 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    KyoAni's degrading art is killing potential good anime.

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    Comment by 5cm.per.second
    05:26 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They all just look like Yui cosplaying as other characters to me.

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    Comment by anarchy4
    03:08 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This moe blob shit is becoming a trend and it's pissing me off.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:08 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Give me the original illustration.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:09 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    My good, all of KyoAni shit looks like K-On... that's gay; and lazy.

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    Comment by Shuu
    06:01 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    KyoAni is not affiliated with the production of this anime in any way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So the disease is spreading to other studios :S worse than I though...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:56 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck off. Enjoy watching Naruto, faggot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah because we all know there aren't any anime out there besides k-on and naruto. Seriously idiot I'd prefer anime studios like madhouse.

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    03:02 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This just seems a little more unfortunate to me. K-On was a decent series, but am I the only one who sees this as another clue to the downward spiral that the anime industry is going through? "That anime series did well, so let's copy parts of it in order to raise our appeal and ratings." It's almost like the industry is raising otaku who follow one thing until it becomes stale. Almost like locusts who feed on one particular type of thing until it dies and we move on to the next.

    What happened to originality? What happened to having multiple genre of anime in a season so diverse that it allowed you to pick what type of thing you liked instead of force-feeding you the dregs of what a successful anime left behind?

    It kind of feeling like the glory days are long gone and left behind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:38 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea this sadens me. I really like K-on. But I'm starting to hate it because its success is killing the industry. Yea it was nice, but come on, I don't need too see it in every damn series.

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    Comment by Chen-03
    03:10 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't know whats the difference. They both look incredibly cute to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:18 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I stoped watching Seiken No Blacksmith cuz of that.
    The too much different style from character on manga.
    Another K-Onification victim :(

    *sorry about my poor english

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:34 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can I take her home with me? Both versions?

    Cute is precious, either way.

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    Comment by MoeMoeKyunBeam
    03:35 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder if they drink tea and eat cake instead of showing up for their front-line assignment

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    03:24 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bah! Fans of manga have always complained about style changes in anime adaptations since the jurassic. This is nothign new, this has nothing to do with the "moe fad" or anything. Fans complain, they always do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:25 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This. 100 times this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The illustration id awesome!
    The anime is the K-On level type of awesome!~

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    Comment by Riiku
    03:22 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Huh what? I dont get this post at all. All I see is a bunch of pretty pictures of K-On girls that do cosplay.

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    Comment by MeganekkoAi
    03:01 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So K-ONification == instant sucess? Well, at least it has a meganekk....em, I mean: WHY?!?!?!?!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sure this make absolutely no sense,art direction shouldn't be the thing that determine an anime's worth..but it can also be taken that way:

    What i can't get is why K-ONification=instant fail...i mean really,the style is good,and this one might have a decent plot,so what's wrong?!

    moe attract otaku,and a good plot attract.....the rest.
    if the anime has both why complain?

    oh i get it! because it's not like in the 80's ..*is shot*

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    Comment by MeganekkoAi
    07:33 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *calls the ambulance* Nope, you ain't dying on me yet.

    I do not think of it as instant fail, but if you take quality art and scrap it in order to cater a bunch of mindless K-On obsessed otaku, that is juat plain wrong. I for one do NOT enjoy cookiecutter anime like the one they try to sell us recently. Do not get me wrong, I do enjoy cute (moe if you will) characters as long as the moe factor only COMPLEMENTS the whole experience, but the moment the moe factor takes over and is THE main selling point of an anime, I'm through. And yes, once it gets this far the plot is usually utter crap.

    I got into anime because of its diversity and I personally believe "K-Onification" aka catering to people who just want the same thing over and over again is killing diversity that makes anime stand out from other media.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:25 24/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon fails, and cannot understand the long-term damage done to the industry. They're playing a pyramid game and I shall watch them suffer for their sins.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wasn't implying that you personally take the "K-Onification" as instant fail,i was referring to the crap-ton of post already bashing the anime for it's choice of art direction.

    "I got into anime because of its diversity and I personally believe "K-Onification" aka catering to people who just want the same thing over and over again is killing diversity that makes anime stand out from other media."

    I completely agree on that point, while i don't hate k-on-ish art i still think it is somewhat killing the identity of the anime that it is used in.
    just looking at the top pics then the anime version is enough to think that the only thing that remained from the original is the hair style of the girls.
    (but i didn't read the manga so i wouldn't know how the style really is so i can be taken seriously there i guess)

    Unfortunately,while i hate that,i can't blame them for wanting to make money.
    especially because the fanboys/otaku are the majority targeted,selling something that they are sure that will please them mean that they'll rack up money no matter how the show is.
    Fact is:people that want diversity in anime today aren't "needed" by the anime industry.
    we just sometimes find something that pleases us,but in very rare case has been made with the non-otaku public in mind.
    There are big name (i think..?) that aren't especially aimed at otaku (or rather i hope..),but it still is insignificant in comparison of the "moe" wave.

    It will die out in due time,or so i hope.
    But i still think people shouldn't throw away something that might be good at the first sight of a "K-Onification" or other similar style.

    ....can i die yet?

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    Comment by MeganekkoAi
    17:48 08/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed - let's wait and see what they'll do with Sora no Woto, but just in case, I'm not flying high. Though, I'm hoping that change comes sooner rather than later before any additional damage is done - not only to the industry, but to the reputation of animegoers around the globe.

    I just thought you wanted to live to see the day anime gets reincarnated and not get shot by someone who still lives in the past. Thanks Anon and goodbye.

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